Weight loss isn’t just a pill, a diet, or a workout plan and while all off these might help you drop some pounds they typically do not work long-term. Much of the research out there shows that fewer then 20% of individuals that start a program to lose weight are able to keep it off. Nope, as a society we suck at living healthy lifestyles and it’s not just eating, we have a whole slew of bad habits. Just think about how well you sleep at night or how you deal with a stressful day of work.
Sustained weight loss is about creating a lifestyle that aligns with a way of being and combines the things you want with the things you do. If you are over weight you make daily, consistent choices to sustain this weight and level of health. While you may have small burst of weeks that are filled with healthy living and exercise throughout your year, these times are fewer then the times you aren’t paying attention. Your habit balance favors a way of being where you are overweight and out of shape.
Habits are our day to day rituals, pieces of script that we keep as short-cuts so our minds don’t have to constantly waste time thinking about the small stuff. You have a habit in place for waking up in the morning, one for driving, and one for winding down your day. While some of these habits support healthy living others sabotage our efforts and may lead to feelings of guilt. Just think about how you feel after entertaining the habit you picked up in college of eating to much ice cream in response to stress.
This week most post will focus on establishing the habits needed to create a healthy lifestyle. We will look at how habits are created and strategies for breaking barrier habits in order to establish healthy keystone ones. Before reading further take a moment to think about what habits you have in place to support your efforts and which work against you.